There is no doubt that the tapping is real and the tapping was authorized by a FISA order that had been sought by the security folks in the Obama Administration --- the only dispute is over Trump’s latest complaint that it was President Obama >>> WHO DID IT
As best I remember it, Nixon never
ordered the Watergate break-in or have any hand in it. Did he ???
--- At any rate, let’s apply the President Nixon
Standard to President Obama --- And, when and if necessary --- to President Trump
This story is just beginning to roil and boil, so I’ll keep this very short and simple and let the MSM bulwarks, the Washington Post and the New York Times, tell you something about it in their own words. Here’s some of what they had to say earlier today…..
“President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election…. Citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, Trump said in a series of five tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!” he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in ‘nothing found.’…” (See “Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower” By Philip Rucker, Ellen Nakashima and Robert Costa, 3/4/17, The Washington Post/ Post Politics [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/04/trump-accuses-obama-of-nixonwatergate-plot-to-wire-tap-trump-tower/?utm_term=.4ce2d9f3ddbd]).
What follows is a particularly cogent observation by the Wa-Po folks, especially for my readers, since I mentioned the Breitbart stuff in one of my comments to a prior post….. “…. Trump offered no citations nor did he point to any credible news report to back up his accusation, but he may have been referring to commentary on Breitbart and conservative talk radio suggesting that Obama and his administration used “police state” tactics last fall to monitor the Trump team. The Breitbart story, published Friday, has been circulating among Trump's senior staff, according to a White House official who described it as a useful catalogue of the Obama administration's activities….”
NOTE: SINCE THE WA-PO PIECE FIRST APPEARED, A FORMER OBAMA HAND HAS RESPONDED
The Hill reported on it like this: “A former policy adviser to President Obama is firing back at President Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, saying it didn't happen — at least not under Obama's orders…. ‘No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,’ Ben Rhodes tweeted Saturday morning…. He also said ‘only a liar’ could make the case, as Trump suggested, that Obama wire tapped Trump Tower ahead of the election….” ( See “Top Obama adviser to Trump: 'No president can order a wiretap' “ by Brooke Seipel, 3/4/17, The Hill/ Trending [http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322348-top-obama-adviser-to-trump-no-president-can-order-a-wiretap]).
THE NY TIMES REPORT
The Times’ piece started with this: “President Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower the month before the election, taking to Twitter to call his predecessor a ‘bad (or sick) guy.’… Without offering any evidence or providing the source of his information, Mr. Trump fired off a series of Twitter messages claiming that Mr. Obama ‘had my ‘wires tapped.’ ‘ He likened the supposed tapping to ‘Watergate/Nixon’ and ‘McCarthyism.’…” (See “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones” by Michael D. Shear & Michael S. Schmidt, 3/4/17, NY Times/ Politics [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/us/politics/trump-obama-tap-phones.html?_r=0]).
The NY Times article included this background info with a rather testy rejoinder from an Obamatista: “….Mr. Trump’s aides declined to clarify whether the president’s explosive allegations were based on briefings from intelligence or law enforcement officials or on something else, like a news report…. A spokesman for Mr. Obama, Kevin Lewis, issued a statement dismissing the claims. ‘A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,’ he said. ‘As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.’…”
JUST A BIT OF HISTORICAL CONTEXT
There was never any evidence that President Richard M. Nixon either ordered or participated in any “Plumbers” break-in at Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate complex; nonetheless, Nixon was ultimately held responsible…..
Both Obama and Trump might have good reason to tread softly and be careful how they go-about covering-up…..